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Virtual Network Provisioning via the Hypervisor

We’ve shared other resources with you before that discuss what network virtualization is and the essential of micro-segmentation. Today, we’re taking a look at provisioning virtual networks.

According to our free whitepaper Network Virtualization Makes Your Life Easier:

Virtual networks can be provisioned using a cloud management platform (CMP) that requests virtual network and security services for corresponding workloads. The controller then distributes the necessary services to the corresponding virtual switches and logically attaches them to the appropriate workloads.

This allows different virtual networks to be associated with different workloads on the same hypervisor. It also makes it possible to create anything and everything you might need—from basic virtual networks with as few as two nodes to advanced constructs used to deliver multi-tier applications.

The integration of all networking functions into the hypervisor is a big advantage of network virtualization. It allows the network, and all associated functions, to follow virtual machines as they move from one server to another. And since the network connections are all in software, there’s no need to reconfigure them. Your network becomes far more flexible, and can go anywhere in your data center that is virtualized.

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Download your copy today to learn how network virtualization:

  • Meets the demands of a dynamic business
  • Increases flexibility with hardware abstraction
  • Increases security with micro-segmentation
  • Establishes a platform for the SDDC

Ready for even more on this topic? Check out our free elearning course, VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals to learn the benefits of and use cases for VMware NSX network virtualization, as well as its main components, features, and services.

New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, a free elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices. This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today’s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing you to take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. It includes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos provide a time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

What is Network Virtualization?

In Redefining Networking with Network Virtualization network virtualization is defined as:

Much as server virtualization recreates the traits of a physical server within software, network virtualization likewise replicates the components of network and security services in a software container. Consequently, the virtualized network is provisioned and managed independent of your hardware, and the physical networking devices simply become a vehicle for forwarding packets. With network virtualization, your network administrators can create and provision virtual networks—logical switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, and workload security—in minutes rather than days or even weeks.

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What does this mean for IT organizations? Enterprises can use network virtualization to connect to the hybrid cloud without worrying about network hardware dependency, interoperability, or service provider lock-in. The resulting hybrid cloud provides much greater business agility, dramatically simpler operations, and lower cost.

Download your copy today to learn more, including

  • The Four Cs of Legacy Networking: Complexity, Configuration, Costs, & Cyber Attacks
  • Three Trends Reshaping the Networking Industry

Ready for even more on this topic? Check out our free elearning course, VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals to learn the benefits of and use cases for VMware NSX network virtualization, as well as its main components, features, and services.

Attention VCP-DCVs in APJ: Learn how You can Advance Your Career

DCV-NVAre you VCP-DCV certified? Here’s how you can fast track to Network Virtualization.

Take advantage of your data center knowledge and gain another critical certification in the industry. Be at the forefront of the technology race.

Here’s how we can help you*:

  • Take advantage of your existing DCV certification
  • Attend a fast track NV class
  • Get FREE resources, including an exam voucher
  • Get digital recognition

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Don’t be left behind! Contact us today.

*For APJ customers only

Essential Elements of Micro-segmentation

Micro-segmentation For DummiesThe free Micro‐segmentation For Dummies®, VMware Special Edition ebook by Lawrence Miller, CISSP, and Joshua Soto provides a broad overview of micro-segmentation, including how it can help you defend your data center from attack, automating security workflows, as well as steps to getting started.

But before you can get started, you need to understand the essential elements of micro-segmentation, which they explain in Chapter 2:

Micro-segmentation enables organizations to logically divide the data center into distinct security segments down to the individual workload level, and then define security controls and deliver services for each unique segment. This restricts an attacker’s ability to move laterally in the data center, even after the perimeter has been breached — much like safe deposit boxes in a bank vault protect the valuables of individual bank customers, even if the safe has been cracked….

…the network hypervisor is uniquely positioned to provide both context and isolation throughout the SDDC — not too close to the workload where it can be disabled by an attack, and not so far removed that it doesn’t have context into the workload. Thus, the network hypervisor is ideally suited to implement three key elements of micro-segmentation: persistence, ubiquity, and extensibility.

Download your free copy today.

Getting Your Team Ready for Network Virtualization

nvwpNetwork virtualization with VMware NSX can bring enormous benefits to your organization:  stronger security, a bridge to the hybrid cloud, support for your future vision for SDDC. One way to smooth the adoption process is by considering how people, processes and technologies will interact with the solution during your planning stages.

Excerpted from a recent white paper, here are three considerations of how to get people invested in your network virtualization journey:

  • Create a blended cloud team: The move to network virtualization is the perfect opportunity to create a more blended cloud team of cross–domain, cross-disciplinary skills. The team can work together to come up with common goals and operating principles that will make planning around network virtualization and hybrid cloud smoother.
  • Share the vision of network virtualization as an important milestone in the evolution of the software-defined data center: Everyone has a stake in successfully transitioning to an SDDC. Network virtualization is a critical component of the SDDC model. Each domain will be interested in participating in these SDDC-related discussions, and your planning will be more on target with their involvement.
  • Communicate the professional challenges and opportunities: Developing expertise in network virtualization will certainly require training for already busy network engineers, administrators and technicians. But they will be acquiring new software skills that keep them at the leading edge of network virtualization, security and SDDC. This will be an important message to communicate throughout the planning process.

Read on to discover the role processes and technology play in successfully implementing VMware NSX in this free white paper.

 

What’s the Difference Between Network Virtualization & Software‐Defined Networking?

Free Network Virtualization for Dummies eBookSoftware-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization are two of the hottest trends in the IT industry lately. But while they sound like similar concepts on the surface, in reality there are major differences.

According to Network Virtualization For Dummies by Mora Gozani:

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Software‐defined networking allows you to control network switches and routers through software. It doesn’t virtualize all networking functions and components.

Network virtualization replicates all networking components and functions in software. It allows you to run the entire network in software.
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Gozani goes on to explain that hardware remains the backbone of SDN, while management is centralized to allow control via software. But with network virtualization, the network resources are replicated by software, reducing the amount of physical configuration and reconfiguration required.

Gozani’s ebook also discusses several use cases for network virtualization around automation and security, as well as practical ideas on how to get started within an existing infrastructure. Download your free copy today.

New Courses on vSphere 6.5, Cloud, NSX & More

NEW CoursesLast month the Education Services team opened registration for several new instructor-led training courses covering a broad range of topics. For more information on these courses use the links below or contact your local Learning Specialist.

vSphere

VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] explores the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. Note: This course is based on beta software.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] features intensive hands-on training on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. Note: This course is based on beta software.

VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5] teaches you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you will discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. Note: This course is based on beta software.

The intensive, extended-hours VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Virtual SAN Fast Track [V6] combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center.

Cloud

VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy [V7.1] focuses on designing and deploying an enterprise cloud by using a distributed architecture deployment of VMware vRealize® Automation™. The lecture and labs concentrate on designing an enterprise cloud architecture and the effective implementation of a vRealize Automation distributed deployment according to VMware recommended best practices.

Designed for service providers, VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V8.10] focuses on self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers, and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks as well as the integrated use of VMware Virtual SAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs.

VMware Cloud Orchestration and Extensibility [V7] explores the use of VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™ 7.1 and VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 for the automation of VMware cloud infrastructure and IT processes. This course focuses on extensibility and advanced administration through the use of vRealize Orchestrator workflows in vRealize Automation.

Horizon 7

VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage plus App Volumes Fast Track [V7] gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You will also learn how to use App Volumes to deliver applications and data to desktops and users in seconds and at scale, managing application lifecycles from installation to update and replacement.

VMware NSX

VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage plus Troubleshooting & Operations Fast Track [V6.2] focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX®. In addition, you will be presented with various types of technical problems which you will learn how to identify and solve through a systematic process. You will learn how to use logical switching, gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to secure and optimize your environment.

Learn to Troubleshoot and Configure Syslogs for NSX

SEM_Banner_LearningZone_440x230_V1We recently added eight new NSX videos to the VMware Learning Zone:

  1. The final chapter in our popular seven-part VMware NSX Architecture and Troubleshooting series
  2. All seven parts of a new series called VMware NSX Logs:
  • Part #1: Overview of NSX Architecture and Logs
  • Part #2: NSX-Specific Syslog Areas
  • Part #3: Demo: NSX Manager
  • Part #4: NSX Controller Syslog
  • Part #5: Distributed Firewall Syslog
  • Part #6: NSX Edge Syslog
  • Part #7: Summary

Taught by top VMware experts, VMware Learning Zone can improve your abilities and your organization’s overall VMware proficiency, adoption rate, and ROI. These videos are available right now to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

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Network Virtualization: New Skills for a New Era

Networking has continually evolved to reflect new technology capabilities and changing demands – it’s always moving toward the future. And virtualized networks is the next step. To get the most out of network virtualization project, you’ll need to learn more about it and stay up to date on the most current and important technologies.

This infographic explains why there’s never been a better time to discover network virtualization and move ahead of the rest.

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